poetry

The Art of War

Be calm. Choose your inner strength as your weapon. Choose reason over emotion. Before you open your lips to anger Do not explode like an erring child. Choose to be wise: Think well, and victory is certain. The key: know your enemies And know your friends. Slowly walk towards the […]

When Rappler Lied

When Rappler decided to tell lies about me Was that a sign that the press was free? Did they celebrate when the punished the words That contained false allegations most absurd? Did they realise they were endangering my life At the hands of gangsters with poisons, guns and knives? Did […]

Ode to Rappler

In civilised societies People have the right to disagree And so it was in The Philippines When Rodrigo Duterte claimed his victory. But although his victory was fair and free The Yellows said “this just cannot be” Because a Liberal’s tolerance only applies To other Liberal girls and guys. But […]

Kashmir: a Poem

In 1947 the winds of change did blow But they blew right over me I am here – a slave to my captors Because Kashmir is not free. I raised my voice, I raised my aim My flag was shot down all the same The UN handed a broken promise […]

Oligarch City: a Poem

I don’t want to live in poverty But I’m deathly afraid of equality Deng Xiaoping just makes no sense to me  So here I am living in oligarch city. No trade, no currency, no common sense It’s one big black market so just jump the fence Deface your heritage debase […]